Ken Schmidt / Maui / Stone Kona Coffee Macadamia Coconut Porter - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.72/5 rDev +14.6%
Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my Stone imperial pint glass. Pours a nice dark brown color with deep ruby amber, blood red highlights when held to the light. The tan colored head is a nice inch thick when poured, eventually settling to a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass and a decent surface coating. Decent lacing. Aromas of roasted malt and coffee along with a nice brown nuttiness and chocolate. The flavor is perfect in my opinion, nice roasted malty sweetness with a hint of caramel and even more chocolate, flowed by a tasty bitter coffee presence and the nuttiness is certainly there on the back end. Slightly crisp, but mainly smooth and frothy, full bodied mouthfeel with minimal carbonation. Almost too easy to drink considering what the ABV of this beer is. Good thing I have one of these aging in my basement, I am interested to see what some time will do to this already fantastic beer. You must try this if you get the chance! Wow!
12-16-2009 03:56:46 | More by neenerzig
4.25/5 rDev +3.2%
Poured into a standard pint glass.
Appearance: Pours very dark with a nice inch of creamy tan foam head. Head disappears and leaves a small hint of head as it settled.
Smell: Strong Kona coffee and roasted malts.
Taste: Very strong coffee and chocolate flavors.
Mouthfeel: Creamy mouthfeel with a heavy roasted, slightly boozy finish.
Drinkability: I would definitely buy this on a semi regular basis if they were to make it a year round offering. The price is a little steep, but it is what it is.
12-13-2009 22:26:43 | More by Axic10
4.7/5 rDev +14.1%
The beer pours a deep, black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a warm, roasted malt and coffee scent along with delicate hints of chocolate and nuts. The coffee character is top notch with loads of dry, earthy character. The taste is perfect! It has a damn awesome coffee, roastedness. It's incredibly smooth and full bodied with just a hint of macadamia in the finish. It's a dark one for sure with adequate warmth and a ton of black malt/coffee flavor. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is one of the top porters I've ever had. It's incredibly complex with a shit ton of flavor; simply awesome.
12-13-2009 01:30:16 | More by WesWes
4.47/5 rDev +8.5%
Pours an opaque darkness with a HUGE two finger stiff tan head that fades slowly leaving spotty patterns of Belgian lacing behind. The smell is really nice; big blast of Hershey's chocolate syrup light creamy coffee almond and brown sugar. Lightly carbonated, the mouth feel is medium full bodied and the texture is creamy smooth with a nice lingering oily character that compliments the taste nicely. Full flavored, the choco-latte nutty anise taste is really appreciated. The 8.5% ABV is well integrated and is slightly warming in the chest on the way down. One incredible drinker! I really appreciate a porter that has body to it...too many are watery, which has turned me away from the style some. It's a little pricey but worth every penny. I'm really glad that I had the opportunity to consider it. Not your 'average' porter, by any stretch!
12-12-2009 21:41:07 | More by jjayjaye
4.4/5 rDev +6.8%
Poured from 12oz bottle down the center into a DFH snifter. Not much head, though I may have fudged the pour. Deep, dark brown appearance. Looks great. The aromatics of this porter are exceptional. I didn't know what to expect with so many flavors on the label, but everything is so well layered. They did a great job here. Taste, taste, taste.. hmmm. First thing that popped in my head was hersheys chocolate syrup. Really. Not the best first impression, as I was expecting the coffee flavor above all from the reviews I've read. I can taste the macadamia and coconut on the back end. As the drink warms a bit I'm getting the coffee flavors more and more. Something in this drink brings me back to my youth and I keep thinking about chocolate syrup, chocolate syrup. Mouthfeel is good. Not too thin, not too thick. Very much a "treat" beer. I would drink one and be done.
12-11-2009 23:39:38 | More by Torps
4.33/5 rDev +5.1%
A - Poured along the side of a tulip glass with a very attractive two-finger head. The head is a beige/mocha color that eventually dies down to an espresso-like film that is quite inviting. Good retention & lacing throughout.
S - Lots of different smells going on during the first sniff. Coffee is most dominant but is accompanied nicely by a subtle, macadamia & coconut scent. There is a presence of roasted malts in the background that ties everything together nicely.
T - Immediate, sharp coffee taste that has almost an espresso-like bitterness to it. After the coffee, the macadamia comes in nicely as well as a hint of chocolate. The coconut comes in towards the end & during the aftertaste. Alcohol presence is minimal until the very end with the warming sensation.
M - Very crisp & carbonated at first but mellows out quickly to a flavorful, smooth, creamy liquid that rests nicely on the tongue. Full-bodied but not too thick/syrupy.
D - I could definitely drink a few more bottles of this. Makes me wonder what it's like on tap.
Overall, this beer is awesome. Even though it can be quite pricey, I definitely recommend this beer to all coffee & beer drinkers, and to anyone who wants to taste something unique!
12-10-2009 03:15:33 | More by tehchunk
4.45/5 rDev +8%
A: Poured straight down the center of a tulip glass. Thick 4 finger head developes and slowly recedes leaving stiky lacing on the glass. A creamy mocha head sits on top of a jet black liquid. Looks appetizing.
S: The beer is still very cold, but Kona coffee hits me in the face immediately. Roasted coffee dominates initially, but as the beer sits and warms up aromas of coffee, chocolate, and little hints of coconut come through.
T: First sip and without a doubt there is a lot of coffee in the flavor. Not just any coffee, but delicious Kona coffee. There is also a good amount of bitterness on the finish. This beer just has a really good aftertaste. As my beer gets closer to cellar temp, the coconut makes appearances now and then. I think the macadamia may have contributed to the mouthfeel more than the taste.
M: Ample amount of carbonation, almost has a zing too it while my beer is at its coldest. As this one warms up the mouthfeel actually gets better. It becomes softer and even creamier. With the softer mouthfeel and CO2 I can't imagine the mouthfeel could be any better. Silky and creamy.
D:Great porter. Flavor is just packed w/ Kona coffee. High quality brew that is perfect on a colder day. This beer is all about subtleties. The Coffee shines, luckily its really good coffee while the supporting flavors round out the flavor really well. Top notch brew.
12-08-2009 04:42:26 | More by steadydose
4.22/5 rDev +2.4%
Finally found one of these elusive creatures, but pricey at 9 dollars for a 12 oz bottle.
Pours a solid black with a two finger mocha head that slowly dissipates to a cap. Smells of fudge, chocolate and coffee mostly. Slight dark fruit in the background. Traces of vanilla and alcohol round out the nose. I don't pick up any coconut or macadamia in the aroma. Taste is coffee and dark chocolate up front, bitter roast that melds into coconut, finishing semi dry with a long lingering roasted grain and coconut finish. Creamy sticky mouthfeel, thick body with a semi dry finish, light carbonation. I really enjoyed this one. I was a little nervous because I really hate coconut, but its subtle enough in here that I could actually appreciate it and I think it works really well.
12-07-2009 00:07:40 | More by johnnnniee
3.98/5 rDev -3.4%
This is a twelve ounce into a pint glass. Pours dark, dark nutty brown. I don't find it black, but as brown as it gets with a nice, puffy mocha tan head that stays for awhile. Leaves a web o' lacing around the glass as I drink.
Smells like coffee. I like coffee. I drink coffee all the time so it smells quite good to me. There is also a sweet, almost honey barbecue smell as it warms and lingers.
It tastes like a sweet coffee, getting nuttier as it warms. I taste a little subtle coconut, but not much. I would like a bit more coconut. There is also a bittersweet, roasted chocolate. I dig this honey smoky barbecue that I'm getting. This would probably go great with some chicken wings. Mmmmm.
Carbonation is spot on and smooth. Warming and tasty on a snowy evening.
Not super creamy, not a big alcohol taste, just really easy drinking and goes down quickly despite the underdeveloped coconut.
12-06-2009 01:53:12 | More by ManVersusBeer
4.33/5 rDev +5.1%
Kona Coffee Macadamia Coconut Porter pours a very dark chocolate fudge color. Save for a few burgundy highlights at the edges, it's black. A mocha stained tan head covers the top. It stands nearly two fingers tall. Retention was good, but lacing was on the light side.
The nose is very good. If you're into coffee, this certainly smells like a brew for you. Roasted coffee is paramount and is strong throughout. Chocolate malt is strong and complements the coffee scent very well. There's perhaps even a little roasted malt, as well. It has a distinct praline scent, in addition to a healthy dose of vanilla. Perhaps it's just me, but I'm not appreciating much coconut. Alcohol is noted, but doesn't smell strong. I like it, but would've liked it better with more of a coconut scent.
The flavor tracks the nose very well. This is tasty stuff. No question. I'm a coffee fan, so I can appreciate it. Roasted coffee is very strong throughout. I'm not sure the non-coffee crowd could really get into this. It features a nice chocolate and roasted malt base. The chocolate flavor is bittersweet and works extremely well with the coffee element. It does have an interesting praline or nutty flavor. Some vanilla is also present. I'm still not getting much in terms of coconut. That's a shame. It should be stronger. Alcohol doesn't seem too strong. It's mixed nicely. It finishes chocolaty with a strong coffee flavor.
KCMCP has a medium body that's nice and smooth. It seems to grow more substantial with warming. It never quite feels creamy and would benefit from a bit more body. Drinkability is very good. I love coffee in my beer and this is no exception. It goes down way too easy for an 8.5% beer.
This is another fine beer in Stone's growing collection of collaborative efforts. The coffee flavor is easily the highlight and really drives the flavor. I'm a little disappointed that coconut doesn't have a more prominent role, but it's still very tasty beer. If you're not into coffee, you might want to skip this one. Coffee is front and center. However, if you're as much of a coffee drinker as I am, you should definitely seek it out. You won't be disappointed.
12-05-2009 21:47:32 | More by prototypic
4.03/5 rDev -2.2%
Picked this up at Jungle Jims in Fairfield, OH.
A: Pours a pitch black color with a nice 3 fingered khaki colored head that settles down to just a slight layer of bubbles.
S: Smells of freshly ground roast coffee, vanilla, roasted malts, bakers chocolate, slight amounts of lightly toasted coconut
T: very similar to the smell except the roasted malts comes out more in the flavor and is the prominent taste - coffee, vanilla, bakers chocolate, still just slight amounts of toasted coconut...only a tiny alcohol flavor
M: Nice and creamy with a full bodied mouthfeel and smooth carbonation
D: I'd say above average drinkability due to a solid flavor and very little alcohol taste, but it doesn't taste spectacular enough to really knock one out of the park.
12-05-2009 02:36:05 | More by dukedevil0
3.55/5 rDev -13.8%
A: Pours black with a small frothy head. Litle sustain or lacing.
S: Light smell of vanilla cream with light coffee aromas.
T: Well-balanced with flavors of mocha, coconut, and light oak notes. A bit of heat.
M: Medium-bodied with moderate-high carbonation. A lingering coconut flavor.
D: This scores points for originality and uniqueness, and it is an enjoyable quaff, but it ultimately falls short of greatness and is not worth its price tag for me. Definitely worth trying though.
12-04-2009 02:34:13 | More by klewis
4.22/5 rDev +2.4%
A: Pours an extremely dark brown with one finger of mocha colored head that quickly recedes, leaving only hints of lacing. Held to the light, a ruby tint comes through on the edges, providing enough light to see carbonation bubbling up.
S: As soon as the bottle was opened, a wave of coffee smell comes bursting forth. Once in the glass, the coffee is still dominant but is joined by chocolate, vanilla, and roasted nuts with some oak-like hints. The nutty scent really comes forward as the beer warms.
T: Coffee is still strong, but the vanilla really comes through with the nuts and coconut being noticeable, albeit subdued. Very little in the way of hops, but the coffee provides enough bitterness to achieve an excellent balance. As a whole it leans slightly towards sweetness, but without ever getting anywhere near cloying.
M: Somewhat creamy, but ends up a bit on the thin side. I'm not looking for outright chewiness but I could've gone for a bit more viscosity.
D: The ABV is well hidden and as the beer progresses, the coffee's dominance receds to create a well-blended array of flavors. A pleasure to drink and if not for it's rarity would be easy to drink several of in a sitting.
It's hard to say if it lived up to the hype and hoarding that preceded it, but I can safely say it's a great beer and my favorite of the Stone collaboration beers thus far. Had I not stumbled upon a couple bottles I don't think it would've been worth the effort of trading or going all over town for, but I'm certainly glad I had the opportunity to try it and look forward to seeing how it evolves over the next few months.
12-03-2009 06:43:41 | More by Xul
4/5 rDev -2.9%
Pours black and fairly thick with faint chestnut at the edges. Nice tan head settles slowly, with a good amount of lacing.
Aromas of strong coffee, faint coconut, crisp hops, and a vague alcohol in the background.
A solid porter, with strong flavors of coffee, cocoa, some faint notes of coconut. Some crisp, dry hoppiness and a vague alcohol-warmth. Lots of malt here-- sort of wish coconut and macadamia flavors would come through a little more.
Nice and syrupy body with good carbonation.
Again, an all-around great porter, but I'd like a little more of these flavors listed on the bottle. Overall, a little disappointed. Delicious, but not at seven dollars a (12oz) bottle.
11-30-2009 03:36:45 | More by endincolorado
3.95/5 rDev -4.1%
Pours a clear, ruddy dark garnet with a wispy head and great legs. Smells like a mocha latte with a shot of vanilla.
Tastes very smooth but where did the coffee go? It's all about chocolate and vanilla. No real macadamia comes through, which is a shame because that would have made it a very interesting brew. The coffee finally comes through in the lingering finish which is dark and roasty. Not much coconut either, in fact, none was discernable.
Overall a nice, creamy porter, much like a stout in presentation. Unfortunately the price is over the top. There are many stouts and other porters out there just as good for half the price.
11-30-2009 00:42:59 | More by kirok1999
4/5 rDev -2.9%
Special thanks to my buddy Bardwashrind for hooking my up with this "birthday brew".
Comes out a deep and dark CocaCola colored body that looks thick and sticky. A brown fizzy head sits proudly on top and has some decent staying power.
The nose is full of freshly roasted coffee beans and rich dark malts. Vanilla beans and oak come through as the beer warms a bit. Dark chocolate and a nutty smell also develop and add character to the party.
The flavor is full of roasted malts and coffee(imagine that huh?)I also taste a nutty flavor but I would not be able to pinpoint macadamias as being the culprit if i wasn't told. Midway a slight sweetness creeps through with a toasted coconut flavor that lingers and makes things interesting before a superbly bitter and earthy ending.
The Feel is pretty silky smooth and creamy with a medium sized body.
Good drinkability. Bitter with a slight sweetness. definately worth a shot if you can find it.
11-29-2009 03:17:53 | More by bonsreeb85
4/5 rDev -2.9%
Nice dark color with a creamy tan head. The head eventually fades into a bubbly thin film across the top of the beer. Some lacing is visible as well.
The aroma consists mostly of roasted coffee beans and some nutty malts. A tinge of metallic notes come through as well, but start to fade as the beer warms up a bit.
Well, the coffee flavor is what first hits your mouth. Its not overbearing or bitter, yet you can't miss it. Well balanced in my opinion. Beyond the coffee flavor are some toasted dark malts and a somewhat nutty flavor, which I'm guessing is from the macadamia nuts. Fairly subtle, but still there and they seem to smooth out the coffee flavor. The only thing I'm not really picking up on is the coconut. At times I think it is there, but then I can't taste it on the next sip.
The mouthfeel is smooth and somewhat creamy. Nice body for an American Porter. The ABV is well hidden, making this an easy drinker.
Overall, this is a very nice porter. Everything is well balanced. I think that people who are really looking for the macadamia nut and coconut to stand out will be somewhat disappointed, but those who want a more well balanced beer, that has some subtle differences from the standard porter, will be very satisfied with this beer.
11-29-2009 02:59:27 | More by sisuspeed
3.98/5 rDev -3.4%
Poured into a snifter to reveal opaque black body and slight tan head. Smells like coffee grounds in black bean teriyaki sauce, but in a good way. Head dies pretty quickly, leaving little lacing.
Tastes well-roasted with lots of savory notes. Nice light bitterness. Hints of soy sauce. Good malt smoothness. I actually have some Hawaiian crushed coffee bean-candied macadamia nuts in the pantry and there are a lot of flavor parallels here. It's got all the roastiness of the porter with some nice nutty accents and a deep coffee undertone. Maybe even some coconut character, but it's always hard to get that last one. There's less bitterness at the end than what I'd expect from a Stone anything. Medium-bodied, lightly carbonated mouthfeel. Very drinkable.
Overall I dig it. If it were cheaper, I would consider buying more and totally marinate some chicken in it.
11-29-2009 02:51:28 | More by abuliarose
3.78/5 rDev -8.3%
Didn't wanna drop $7 on a single of this but I guess I did since it would be a one time only experience. Appearance was very weak, might have to do with the nuts? Poured a very dark brown almost black with a one finger fizzy head that died instantly, sounded like champagne. No topping or ring on the beer to speak of. No retention or lacing = eh. Smell was awesome here. Coconuts, coffee, nuts, roasted malts. The nutty aspect of the nose was very strong and by far my favorite part of the beer. The taste was good but it ended up fading to straight up nut. Hints of coconut, coffee and roasted malts. Also got some cocoa along the way. Mouthfeel is also weak on this beer. A tiny bit of cream but mostly watery with some warming. Coat of nutty flavor left in the mouth with appropriate carbonation. A bit more thickness would have been very nice. Drinkability is also weak. The taste is good but not good enough for $7 and it seemed to end up just tasting like straight up nuts and the balance was lost. The off mouthfeel also impacted the experience.
11-28-2009 21:50:20 | More by cbutova
4.3/5 rDev +4.4%
After my lukewarm experiences with a couple of past Stone collaborations, I was hesitant to spend $7 to $10 a bottle on this one. Unfortunately, the decision was made for me and supplies dried up while I was out of town (thanks to consistently excellent reviews). I finally managed to track this down for $7.50 and was happy to pay it.
Lightly chilled bottle into a glass.
A: Pours a pitch black in the glass with the barest smidgen of mahogany translucence at the edges. A vigorous pour produces a fluffy, short-lived mocha head. As it disappears, it leaves nothing, not even a thin donut on the brew. There is no lacing.
S: The beer is hardly dead, though, and despite the lack of carbonation, it has quite stunning aromaticity. Tantalizing wafts of coconut, coffee, and dark chocolate tempt the nose. Roasted malts are surely present, but if they're in here I can't detect them.
T: Far richer than the nose suggested. Starts off with coconuts, toffee, toasted almonds, and oranges. The mid-taste showcases the coffee flavor, which is nicely roasted and bitter without becoming overbearing. The finish brings out dark chocolate. Oranges and vanilla reappear in the aftertaste. It tastes like a gourmet chocolate.
M: Medium-full body. Low carbonation, almost still even; but it delivers the flavor well and even cleans up to prevent the beer from becoming syrupy. Quite a nice sipper.
D: Well worth the price I paid. I won't be so quick to write off Stone collaborations in the future. Well done.
11-27-2009 21:23:40 | More by Arbitrator
4.28/5 rDev +3.9%
12oz bottle served in a snifter.
Black brew with a creamy beige head that settles to a ring and leaves a bit of lacing behind.
Roasted coffee bean aroma, very nice.
Taste has plenty of roasted coffee beans with dark chocolate and some nuttiness taking a back seat. The nut taste is more evident in the burps after drinking this beer. I like it a lot.
Medium bodied with a velvety smooth feel.
Easy to drink as the 8.5% abv is not noticable at all in the aroma or taste, so tread lightly.
11-27-2009 02:14:56 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
3.98/5 rDev -3.4%
Had this a few times since the release. This review is from notes 10/22. Thanks to Shane and Mike for bottles as well as my homie Greg in NYC.
Pours black with a 1/2 finger head fading to a ring. Appears to be lightly carbonated.
Aroma is definitely coffee forward. Deep flavors of roasted beans. Dark Chocolate and roasted Malts. Marzipan and Coconut struggle to come through, but succeed more as it warms.
Taste is very coffee forward, slight bitterness initially from the coffee. Nuttiness is present. The first couple times I had this, I thought the coconut was too subtle to be enjoyed, but the most recent time I kept getting an intense, lingering coconut flavor in the finish. This flavor was not a sweet coconut, it was nutty and toasty in character. Quite enjoyable actually, and caused me to bump this up a notch.
Mouthfeel is almost creamy but this beer could benefit from a pinch more carbonation. Pretty drinkable considering it's ABV, but alcohol was noticeable as it warmed. Nice collaboration.
11-26-2009 17:50:27 | More by Ineedabeerhere
4.1/5 rDev -0.5%
The beer pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a small tan head on top. The foam dissolves quickly to a ring around the surface leaving behind a few spots of lace on the glass.
The aroma is not typical for any beer I've experienced. Black coffee, roasted malt, an earthy pistachio nuttiness and a hint of alcohol are present. I know macadamias are in this beer, but it smells like pistachio to me.
Each sip of this medium bodied beer is very smooth on the palate with a very mild fizz on the tip of the tongue. The flavor is rich with notes of coffee, chocolate, nuts and coconut. The dark roasted coffee seems to dominate, but doesn't overpower the other flavors. It finishes sweet with a note of ripe fruit (grape? fig? something like that). Once gone the chocolate and coffee flavors linger on the palate.
This is an interesting beer to say the least. Very unique and full of flavor. I've only seen these types of beers brewed as homebrews. It's nice to see major brewers taking a chance with something different now and then.
11-26-2009 16:25:32 | More by WanderingFool
4.47/5 rDev +8.5%
12 ounce bottle. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours dark brown with about a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. Aroma is very nice, it smells like coffee, coconut, roasted malt, chocolate and some nuts. The taste is the same as the aroma, with a great mix between the sweet and bitter flavors (although I do think the bitter flavors are stronger than the sweet ones). There's also a slight lingering bitter coffee finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's thicker than most porters, not that I'm complaining! It's rich and coating, and has above average carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, but it would be hard to drink more than a couple bottles of this at a time. The alcohol isn't noticable in the taste, although it does hit you after a while. I think this is a good overall brew, if you get a chance you should definitely try this one.
11-26-2009 00:29:54 | More by bluejacket74
4.2/5 rDev +1.9%
Thanks to Evan1023 for hooking me up with 2 bottles of this in a larger trade.
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a fancy ale glass
Pours a deep brown with a distinct lack of head and bubble rising to the top of the glass. I know about the difficulties of brewing with nut and head formation and retention so while I was expecting the result I will still detract a little in points.
The aroma is hit you in the face black coffee; rich and bitter and inviting a taste.
The overwhelming taste is of a rich black coffee, once that fads away the coconut and macadamia nuts can be found. They pair and blend nicely but I was hoping for a little more umpf from the coconut and macadamia nut and a little less coffee. I mean many breweries make a coffee porter or stout but this is the only one with coconut and macadamia nuts! Show those bitches off! With that said I still love the taste and think it is one of the better coffee brews I have had.
Mouthfeel is pretty slick and smooth and I'm attributing that to the oils in the nuts used. The 8.5% ABV is well hidden and any alcohol taste is masked by the bitterness of the coffee making this beer very drinkable and enjoyable.
I'm really glad I got to try this one and am really happy I got two bottles so I can lay one down for a year and see how the flavors change. I have a feeling the bitterness from the coffee will die down as it does in my homebrewed coffee stout and turn into something even better.
11-26-2009 00:15:43 | More by weatherdog
Ken Schmidt / Maui / Stone Kona Coffee Macadamia Coconut Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 320 ratings.